'Moon' and '2012' both gross $100 million weekend
For the first time that anyone can remember, two films grossed north of $100 million at the international box office on the same weekend — vampire romancer “New Moon” and Sony’s disaster spectacle “2012.”“New Moon,” from Summit Entertainment, debuted to $132.1 million from 6,681 prints in 25 markets over the Nov. 20-22 weekend (cume includes early openers and previews), setting numerous records. The sequel to “Twilight,” “New Moon” opened to $142.8 million domestically, the third best bow of all time, for a worldwide total of $274.9 million. In its second frame, Roland Emmerich’s f/x-heavy “2012” grossed $107.5 million from 13,766 screens in more than 100 territories for a boffo foreign cume of $350.5 million and worldwide total of $458.6 million in its first 10 days. That figure was even more impressive considering that it held up strongly against the “New Moon” B.O. juggernaut. Summit Entertainment owns worldwide rights to the “Twilight” film franchise, and is distributing domestically. Overseas, the films are being handled by local distribs. “New Moon” is certain to soon eclipse the entire cume of “Twilight,” which grossed $192 million at the foreign B.O., and virtually the same amount at the domestic B.O. For example: — “New Moon” nabbed the No. 1 opening of all time in Australia ($15 million) and New Zealand ($2.6 million). — In France, “New Moon” debuted to $19.3 million from 755 prints via SND after unspooling Nov. 18, the ninth-best weekend ever for a U.S. title. This was the No. 2 opening of the year after “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which went out on 200 more copies. France was the top territory for “Twilight” at $23 million — “New Moon” did almost as much in just its bow. — “New Moon” grossed $19.3 million in the U.K. — Sequel pulled in $14.2 million from 699 screens over its five-day opening in Italy, via Eagle Pictures. The boffo outing marked Italy’s second top bow ever for a pic opening on a Wednesday after “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Pic’sItalo take over the three-day weekend was $9.8 million for a $14,000 per-screen average. “This is even beyond our, and the exhibitors’, high expectations,” says Eagle’s head of acquisitions Maria Grazia Vairo. — Spanish distrib Aurum reports “New Moon” pocketed $11.4 million over the weekend. “New Moon” went out on 634 playdates for a screen average of $18,450. Pic, which bowed Nov. 18, recorded a five-day take of $14.6 million, and is the fifth-best opener ever. — In Russia it grossed $7 million from 650 screens, according to initial figures collected by Russian Film Business Today. Gross is ahead of other recent strong first weekend openings such as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” which opened with a $3.7 million gross. and last year local wartime satire “Hitler Kaput” did $5.2 million over its first weekend. — In Mexico, “New Moon” grossed $7.8 million, with $1.6 million coming in midnight shows alone Nov. 20.“New Moon’s” next assault: Germany and Portugal over the Nov. 27-29 weekend. The spectacular performance of Sony’s “2012” in its sophomore sesh was led by China, where the film grossed an estimated $9.7 million, declining just 20%. Cume: $30.5 million. But the important headline was the film’s launch in Japan, where it grossed $7 million, the biggest opening of the year for a non-Japanese title. The pic also earned $623,333 from sneaks on Nov. 20 and $2.86 million on the Nov. 23 holiday, bringing its four-day cume to $9.86 million on 709,503 admissions. Big holdover big territories included Germany, where “2012” is a juggernaut, grossing $8.3 million in its second frame for a cume of $23.9 million. It helped that “New Moon” hadn’t opened in Germany, but even in territories where “New Moon” played, “2012” held its own. Disaster epic grossed an estimated $7.7 million in France in its second frame for a total take of $28.6 million; $5.8 million in the U.K. for a total $21.2 million; $4.2 million in Spain for a cume of $14.3 million; $4.2 in Italy for a cume of $14 million; and $3.3 million in Australia for a cume of $11 million. Film also held well across Latin America. In Mexico, it grossed $2.9 million for a cume of $11.8 million. Paul Chai in Sydney, Nick Holdsworth in Moscow, Ali Jaafar in London, Elsa Keslassy in Paris, Emilio Mayorga in Madrid, Ian Mundell in Brussels, Charles Newbery in Buenos Aires, Gunnar Rehlin in Stockholm, Mark Schilling in Tokyo, Nick Vivarelli in Rome and James Young in Mexico City contributed to this report.